The Whatsapp Talk:
The Whatsapp talk is a new mode of remote learning that could be described as ‘Whatsapp live’ learning. I have used this model in a number of different contexts.
This has been implemented by me from UK while I was visiting London for a program for Shivaji University Kolhapur University at Sholapur on 13th July 2017. The topic was “ Higher education in the 4th Industrial Age”.
Then I deployed a WhatsApp talk to do a session on Flipped Learning for Manav Rachna International School in Ludhiana on 29th July 2017.
For Lady Doak College Madurai it was used to demonstrate fast a-synchronous learning for my Keynote titled “ The future of learning is in your hands” on 6th September 2018 for the IQAC National Conference on “ Quality Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions”.
Most recently it was done for the Faculty Development Centre of Rohtak University on the 18th July 2019 with session title “ The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Education” as part of the FDP on e-learning.
Unlike TED and TEDx talks that are one-way pre-recorded talks of about 18 minutes duration to be viewed by millions of viewers, these WhaT lectures are more for the serious learner who is willing to stay with the ‘theme’ for about an hour, the standard time for College lectures, and be ‘in conversation’ with the Professor for the duration of the talk.
And while the topics may be different, often suggested by potential audiences, the speaker giving the talk is always Professor MM Pant.
In order to widen access to good quality education which is personalised, the Whatsapp talk seems to hold great promise.
No matter how much in detail we describe the experience of attending one of these talks, it is only when you enrol in it and participate in a talk on a topic that interests you, you will not be able to imagine. And it will be difficult for you to just stop at one.
List of WhatsApp talks:
WhaT01: Learning first, AI next !!
WhaT02: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence
WhaT03: Brilliant but relatively unknown ideas
WhaT04: The joy of self-directed learning
WhaT05: The future of learning is in your hands
WhaT06: Algorithms : drivers of the future
WhaT07: Prospering flourishing and thriving in a VUCA world
WhaT08: Second Innings : Opportunities for the 40+
WhaT09: The Intelligent Person’s Guide to avoiding stupidity
WhaT10: The Power of Knowledge
WhaT11: Questioneering ? An important skill for the VUCA world
WhaT12: Developing a ‘to learn’ List
WhaT13: First Principles : a powerful way of thinking
WhaT15: Developing Foresight
WhaT17: Time Management
If you have any thoughts on the topic of a lecture/talk that should belong here, do share it by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or a Whatsapp message to 9810073724.
I will make all efforts to have it added to this pool.